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Ruth Milligan StoryTelling
I am hoping by now that everyone knows WHAT “storytelling” does for influencing and persuading audiences and WHY it works. Without citing any of the brain science that has been widely reported, it most simply triggers us to connect with what we don’t yet know and care about, with things we do know and care about.  I spent...
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Our fourth quarter was a super interesting one, just like the first three of 2018. In short, it was a great year. In fact, our best ever. Thanks to all of our clients who trusted us to help them improve their TED-style presentations, storytelling competency and public speaking impact. While we coached and trained executives...
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Wow, what a way to start the year. I didn’t take my own advice. Mid way through a recent assignment (an event featuring 5 different talks from the same company), I was told that I offended an executive by what I thought was a simple suggestion. The suggestion was, “Have you ever recorded yourself?” I...
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These are calls I’ve gotten recently from clients, concerned about performances of some of their key women. “She is fine when she’s one-on-one with colleagues, but as soon as she goes into a group meeting or presentation, she clams up. We know she has good communication skills, but she refuses to use them.” “During the...
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After the first TEDxColumbus event in 2009 at the Wexner Center, I remember thinking the day after: why aren’t I doing more of “THIS?”  This being helping speakers architect their story and find their voice.  And deliver what I am now calling “The Talk of Your Life.”  It is what lead me to create ar.tic.u.la.tion...
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So a few years ago I wrote this blog post on how I thought the Pecha Kucha (Japanese for Chit-Chat) was a fun format for an audience but a really tough one for a speaker.  It dictates you deliver a talk with 20 slides on a timer for 20 seconds a slide. MXLLS​​   So last summer when I...
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At the InsideTED Session on Monday, six TEDx organizers (including myself, as you can see), were invited to share a few words about our TEDx experience.  The one thing I didn’t get to say about it is, I always have FUN.  I talked about how it inspired conversation, addressed a pent up curiosity in our...
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As I was working on my goals for 2013, I got this email fromTodd Kleismit, Legislative Director at the Ohio Historical Society. He has been researching he esteemed Ohio Congressman William McCulloch, who, among other things, was instrumental in the civil rights movement.  He was a friend of my dad’s back in the 50s and...
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As we close out 2012, I have produced another ‘best clips’ video (you may remember the first one on opening hooks), this time, on great closings.  As a speechwriter friend of mine told me once, the hardest part for her clients was “Getting into and getting out of the talk.”  So here’s some inspiration to...
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Last weekend I assisted with prepping some of the speakers for TEDxSanDiego, a wonderful TEDx run by Jack Abbott, a longtime marketing executive in the area.  Jack invited me to work with four specific speakers in preparing their talks and then to the rehearsal to help gently guide any other speakers in need of help. I...
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About this time every year as we begin to promote TEDxColumbus, I still get the question: What is TED?  So here’s a quick primer and a wee bit of background how I got involved (and why I still am!). TED is a conference founded about 30 years ago.  A guy wanted to have interesting people to...
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Yesterday morning I delivered a keynote address on influential storytelling to 80 executives at the company DSW, headquartered in Columbus.  They sell shoes and lots of them.  In attempting to find the perfect metaphor to begin my talk, I made them each take off their right shoes.  To a group of shoe execs, the energy...
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  Last week we re-launched our Influential Storytelling class.  Like all good motors, it needed a tune up, and just in time too.  These 15 participants came together from 7 different organizations to get down to the business of “story.” One of the attendees in his evaluation said: “It is rare that one experiences something...
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As I was dropping my son off in his kindergarten room he was quizzing me about how and why rental cars worked. I don’t know where the question was sparked; I know better than to ask. As I was unpacking his bag and helping him shove his oversized lunchbox in his cubby, I attempted to...
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Today I began a six week journey with about 15 elementary school children toward a final destination of a TEDxKids event.   Yes, I’ll take your luck as I’ll likely need it. “NBCC” is North Broadway Children’s Center where my two children have attended pre-school and now aftercare since they were 18 months and 10 weeks,...
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